This evening's Bear Jokes at Pub on the Park wasn't as full as usual but the people who were there were definitely ready and willing so I kicked things off.
Shuffle and Stop got aired and part-amused / part bemused the audience. I really like the rhythm of it and the structure with the repetitive refrain. However, it's become clear that when a track relies so heavily on people joining in it needs to come after something less demanding so they've got the gist of what's going on. Bringing Phones back for the second half was certainly an easier sell, remembering to shout one word a couple of times each chorus being somewhat less demanding. It also helped the room had gained some more audience by that point.
The acts were, as usual, brilliant. Nick Purves delivered his tightest ten yet, Tim Ballantine abandoned the microphone and delivered his set stood on a sofa, Alexander Bennet's Bear Jokes debut was observational and smart, Rosie Holt was her fantastically crude self, Jake Howie delivered a cautionary tale of praying the gay away amongst other smart stories, Jethro Bradley was cool, collected and very funny, Fiona Ridgewell was charming as ever and Ben Pope (pictured) topped things off with some great new material.